Modern Vocabulary for the Contemporary Learner

Learn widely-used, contemporary vocabulary that has been added to English dictionaries over the last ten years.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (147 ratings)
6,452 students
Modern Vocabulary for the Contemporary Learner
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (147 ratings)
6,452 students
Student will learn, practice, and master widely used English vocabulary that has been added to the dictionary in the last ten years.


  • Students should have an intermediate level English skill.

In this course, you will learn contemporary vocabulary--vocabulary that has come into common use over the past ten years. (This course is short. Additional lessons will be added based on student response and feedback. Please take some time to review the course review the course, so I can if I should add more lessons.) Much of this vocabulary has arisen due to advances in technology, social media proliferation, and our need to correctly describe an ever changing world. 

Each lesson is interactive. You will be asked to pause the video throughout lessons to respond to prompts and questions.The course provides speaking and listening practice to fully immerse you in the target language, allowing you to easily transition your new knowledge and skills into a real life situation.

Who this course is for:
  • People who want to broaden their vocabulary and improve their English fluency should take this course.
Course content
3 sections • 13 lectures • 36m total length
  • Introduction
  • Ghost
  • Photobomb
  • Sext
  • Humblebrag
  • Binge Watch
  • Section Two Quiz
  • Helicopter Parent
  • Screenager
  • Twiterati
  • Grrrl
  • Frenemay
  • Section Three Quiz

English Teacher, Educational Technologist, M.E.T., B.S.
Joe Grandy
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 800 Reviews
  • 33,455 Students
  • 10 Courses

I have been in the teaching profession for the last fifteen years. I have taught I wide range of ages, levels and subjects. I began my career tutoring university level students with their writing. After that, I continued my career at an elementary school teaching students with special needs. I have also taught high school, middle school and elementary for nine years in South Korea. For the past year, I have been teaching online. I have a Bachelor's Degree in special education and a Master's Degree in educational technology.